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International News
US officials: NKorea will face no more conditions for talks US
 
(Washington, Mar 12, 2018): Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation's leaders beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize US-South Korean military exercises.

The officials' comments yesterday followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May.

"This potential meeting has been agreed to, there are no additional conditions being stipulated, but, again they they cannot engage in missile testing, they cannot engage in nuclear testing and they can't publicly object to the U.S.-South Korea planned military exercises," deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the summit would give Trump a chance "to sit down and see if he can cut a deal" with Kim over the North's nuclear program.

"The president has been very clear in what the objective is here. And that is to get rid of nuclear weapons on the (Korean) peninsula," Mnuchin said.

The administration officials credited toughened economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, and pushed by the United States, with helping bring Kim to the brink of negotiations.

"Our policy is pressure, is pressure from our partners and allies around the world, pressure to the United Nations, pressure through China, these have had an impact. It's impacted Kim Jong Un's behavior. It's impacted his conduct," Shah said.

But some members of Congress said they worry that Trump acted impulsively in agreeing to meet with Kim, before negotiators for both countries had a chance to set some goals the leaders could agree to.

"But the important thing is the diplomatic work that has to go in before such a meeting. A meeting like that would be kind of an afterthought after things are negotiated. Here it looks as if, you know, that's kind of the opening gambit. And that's a little worrisome," said Sen Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a frequent Trump critic.

The US and South Korea hold military maneuvers every year. They were postponed during the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea.

They are expected to be held in April, but no official announcement has been made about when they will take place. In an interview en route to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declined to discuss the timing and scale of the exercises.

Mattis wouldn't talk at all about the diplomatic push over North Korea's nuclear program. "When you get in a position like this, the potential for misunderstanding remains very high," he said.

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump decided to accept Kim's offer to meet. The offer was relayed to Trump by a South Korean government delegation that briefed the president on their meeting with Kim last week in North Korea's capital.(AP)


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Cambodia seizes record 3-tonne haul of African ivory
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media
Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, says his son after court setback
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Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes
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Trump may nominate Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador: Reports
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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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KERALA NEWS
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BJP leader K Surendran, 71 others granted bail
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NATIONAL NEWS
Indian national Hamid Ansari returns home after 6 yrs
 (New Delhi,Dec 19,2018):Indian national Hamid Nehal Ansari, who was arrested eight years back
Stalin proposes Rahul as next Prime Minister
Mumbai: 5 dead, over 100 injured after massive fire breaks out at Andheri hospital
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